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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
Patie’s Song
By Allan Ramsay (1686–1758)
 
  MY 1 Peggy is a young thing
    Just entered in her teens,
Fair as the day, and sweet as May—
Fair as the day, and always gay.
  My Peggy is a young thing,        5
    And I’m na very auld;
  Yet weel I like to meet her at
    The wauking o’ the fauld.
 
  My Peggy speaks sae sweetly
    Whene’er we meet alane,        10
I wish nae mair to lay my care—
I wish nae mair o’ a’ that’s rare.
  My Peggy speaks sae sweetly,
    To a’ the lave I’m cauld;
  But she gars o’ my spirits glow        15
    At waukin o’ the fauld.
 
  My Peggy smiles sae kindly
    Whene’er I whisper love,
That I look doun on a’ the toun—
That I look doun upon a croun.        20
  My Peggy smiles sae kindly
    It mak’s me blythe and bauld;
  And naething gie’s me sic delight
    As wauking o’ the fauld.
 
  My Peggy sings sae saftly        25
    When on my pipe I play,
By a’ the rest it is confessed—
By a’ the rest—that she sings best.
  My Peggy sings sae saftly,
    And in her sangs are tald        30
  Wi’ innocence the wale o’ sense,
    At wauking o’ the fauld.
 
Note 1. From The Gentle Shepherd, act i. sc. 1. [back]
 
 
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